I received this book for free from Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
Length: 13 hours and 18 minutes
Series: Walt Longmire #1
Genres: Crime, Murder, Mystery
Published by Penguin Pages: 380
Narrator: George Guidall
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Also in this series: A Serpent's Tooth
Also by this author: Spirit of Steamboat, A Serpent's Tooth, Any Other Name, The Highwayman, "Eleven/Twenty-Nine", An Obvious Fact, The Western Star, Depth of Winter, Land of Wolves, The Cold Dish, Death Without Company
Walt Longmire, sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County, knows he's got trouble when Cody Pritchard is found dead. Two years earlier, Cody and three accomplices had been given suspended sentences for raping a Northern Cheyenne girl. Is someone seeking vengeance? Longmire faces one of the more volatile and challenging cases in his twenty-four years as sheriff and means to see that revenge, a dish that is best served cold, is never served at all.
I love the A&E Longmire TV show so I thought I would check out the books that started it all and what I found was something totally different than the show. Now I knew it wouldn’t be the same as they never are but I guess I wanted the characters to be sort of the same and their attitudes in the book are different. (Mainly because A&E won’t allow for the foul language that is in the books)
Two years earlier a mentally challenged Northern Cheyenne girl was raped and the suspects were given suspended sentences. Now Cody Prichard one of the boys responsible has been killed. Walt Longmire remembers the rape from two years prior and starts to wonder if maybe this is revenge and the suspect list is pretty long.
A Cold Dish was a good crime novel and even though the characters are a lot different than in the show they are still likable (there are also ones that are not in the show). Walt Longmire is a widower, and it seem that a lot of the ladies find that attractive. Vic, comes from a big city but because of her husband she moves from Pennsylvania to a small town in Wyoming. Absaroka County is not Vic’s favorite place and being a little small town deputy is a far cry from the detective she almost became back home. She is a bit more brass and crude than I was expecting, but she was interesting. Henry, runs the local bar and is Walt’s friend. He is pretty interesting. Ruby, works in the sheriff’s office and is a fun character as well. TJ who is the crime scene investigator is pretty funny and had me laughing even though you don’t get much of her in the book. Bonny is sort of the lady that Longmire is seeing. There are more characters but these are the more interesting ones for me.
With everyone a suspect Longmire works his way through who might be guilty and even at one point considers his friend Henry. Once they find George who was one of the young men, he almost thinks he might have done it. George keeps them all on their toes and he is always running off, but the thing that surprised me the most was who the killer actually was. I think I sort of set there thinking I heard that wrong and needed to rewind and listen again.
Now that the shock of how different the book version of Walt Longmire is from the TV version I am sure I will still continue with the books and start in on the second one soon. I will say though if you don’t care for crude remarks and a bit of fowl language you might not like these books. I am not a fan of fowl language but I can handle it. (I think listening to it like I did makes it hurt my ears more than reading it..lol)
George Guidall is an older gentleman and gives Walt and the others an interesting voice. He has a very soothing and likable voice, though his voice for Vic needs work. I think by the time I have listened to a couple more that I will really like his voice.